The last road clinch
Still playing in the 2-2-1-1-1 format, the Celtics won both Games 5 and 6 against the Houston Rockets to win the series, 4-2. You can relive the final moments through the wonders of YouTube.
Maybe the most notable aspect of Boston's road clinch was the date: May 14, 1981. That's a full month earlier than the drawn-out modern day playoffs.
Interesting to watch the subdued celebration on the court as Boston players, including Larry Bird, rush to the locker room to celebrate. In this age of on-court presentations, it will be interesting to see how it plays out should the Celtics clinch a title in Game 6 or 7 at the Staples Center.
Play Podcast Men's Journal's Paul Solotaroff weighs in on the characterization of Richard Sherman, the relationship between Sherman and Patrick Peterson and expectations for Darrelle Revis.
Play Podcast Adnan Virk talks to Tim Kurkjian about dominant pitching performances and the search for the next commissioner. Plus, Arash Madani on if the Blue Jays can make the playoffs.
Play Podcast NFL Films' Greg Cosell weighs in on whether the Browns should start Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel, the Jets' QB situation, Ryan Mallett's abilities and Robert Griffin III's development.